Greg Hire: Perth Wildcats’ Casey Prather the NBL’s best two-way player

Casey Prather had a career-best game. Picture: Getty Images
Casey Prather had a career-best game. Picture: Getty Images

LAST week I spoke about the range of emotions felt during our losing streak, where we didn’t play our best basketball.

Well, I can definitely say it was a great feeling getting back into that winner’s circle against a determined Melbourne United at Perth Arena on Friday.

It was pleasing to see us play four quarters of high energy and intense basketball in the three-point win.

We were relentless in many facets of the game.

Our intent on getting extra possessions through offensive boards or turnovers was evident.

That energy was contagious.

There were standout performances from both teams.

Melbourne’s Casper Ware had quite the game, hitting some clutch baskets towards the end of the contest.

His teammate Chris Goulding was dangerous throughout the clash and it took a sustained team effort to wear him down.

For us, Casey Prather was special.

I would put him down as the best two-way player in the league.

He has the ability to have an impact on the game at both ends.

It was quite a sight to see him score 39 points while playing unselfishly.

To add to the performance, he picked up 11 rebounds.

He was on another level.

His aggression and confidence allowed us to jump on his back and carry us to a win.

This week we play the New Zealand Breakers where we always expect a fiery encounter, especially after they’ve dropped a couple.

Lastly, on behalf of the Perth Wildcats, I wanted to pass on our sincere condolences to the Mundroina family who tragically lost their beautiful son in unfortunate circumstances playing the game we love at Warwick Stadium.

Chris Goulding made an admirable gesture after his recent game, and we all echo his sentiments regarding the tragedy. Tyreez you won’t be forgetten.